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CES 2016: Skreens helps telecommuters turn their TVs into work displays

January 12, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Ant Pruitt / TechRepublic

The days of searching for the correct input option on your television are behind you. Skreens simplifies this action with a nifty A/V switcher.

CES 2016 featured a shiny new television or set top box on almost every square foot of the Las Vegas Convention Center. When you leave the event you'll long for a new crisp high definition television set of your own. Sadly, one of the biggest challenges on today's TVs is managing multiple inputs.

This problem is often compounded for telecommuters who want to take advantage of their large displays to connect their laptops and other devices for more screen real estate, to enable video conferencing, and more. At CES, I found a device that could help: Skreens.

At first glance, the Skreens hardware looks like yet another A/V switcher. Coupled with up to four HDMI ports, USB ports, Ethernet connectivity, WiFi , Bluetooth, and a chipset from Xilink, the Skreens A/V switcher allows multiple connections and output through one cable. Oh wait, that's what most A/V switchers do! The difference between Skreens and other switchers is that your single output allows you to simultaneously view all connected streams. This essentially turns your television into a desktop-like environment with window management.

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